Logistics in the News – Week 10

by Martijn Graat on March 1, 2015

newspapers150It was a good week, and a good weekend as well (I know I’m later than usual with the weekly digest). My wife was away for a training this weekend, so it was just me and the twins. Had great fun, but spent quite some time today getting the house back into shape. And the things you eat when you let 7 year old’s decide what’s on the menu… [click to continue…]

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wafflehouse150A Crowdsourced Logistics concept is a concept that engages the public (companies and private persons alike) to seek excess capacity in existing modes of transport, storage space, and/or time. This can be a private vehicle, but also a taxi, (delivery) van, or truck. A lot is happening in the Crowdsourced Logistics Arena, with start-ups like Uber (UberCARGO), Easy Van, Lalamove, and Sidecar. And now there is yet another start-up that has joined the ranks: Roadie. [click to continue…]

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Logistics in the News – Week 9

by Martijn Graat on February 20, 2015

newspapers150A good friend of mine came by the house yesterday evening. We usually play squash once a week, but his back is injured and I need to take it easy with my knee (try taking it easy when playing squash). We opted for some beers in stead and had great fun with my Sonos. Had been too long since I heard songs from De La Soul, Mc Miker G & DJ Sven, Tone-Loc, King Bee, Vanilla Ice and Deee-Lite. Thanks for the laughs, Jan-Hein. And now on to this weeks nuggets in the news: [click to continue…]

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3 Technology Trends Changing Supply Chains

by Martijn Graat on February 19, 2015

3It was some time around Christmas that fellow Supply Chain enthusiast Eytan Buchman, whose work you can read on the Freightos Blog, asked me if I wanted to put my thoughts to paper on which 3 technology trends would be changing Supply Chains as we know them between now and 2020. Of course I did. I was honored to be one of the people to share their views on this topic. Regular readers of LogisticsMatter know that it’s one of my key favorite topics on this blog. [click to continue…]

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Logistics Market Snapshot – January Edition

by Martijn Graat on February 16, 2015

GEORGIA125As I stated in my last post: I completely forgot to post the January Snapshot last month. As I like having them all on LogisticsMatter.com and not have one missing, I’m posting the January one anyway. So here goes.

Each month the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics publishes a Logistics Market Snapshot with key Logistics and Supply Chain figures and statistics. Included are several Multimodal, Trucking, Rail, Air, and Ocean Freight Indexes, Industrial Vacancy and Rent Rates and general economic indexes. Please find a few encouraging statistics of this month’s edition below: [click to continue…]

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Logistics Market Snapshot – The Year in Review

by Martijn Graat on February 16, 2015

GEORGIA125As I am writing this I realize that I forgot to post the January Snapshot! I will do that straight after I have finished writing this one. The start of the year has been a busy time, with lot’s of interesting stories breaking.

Each month the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics publishes a Logistics Market Snapshot with key Logistics and Supply Chain figures and statistics. Included are several Multimodal, Trucking, Rail, Air, and Ocean Freight Indexes, Industrial Vacancy and Rent Rates and general economic indexes. They have just aggregated all 2014 Snapshots and created an annual overview. They are mainly US figures, but we are seeing similar positive numbers in Europe when looking at logistics employment and e-commerce for example. Some encouraging statistics: [click to continue…]

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Logistics in the News – Week 8

by Martijn Graat on February 13, 2015

newspapers150This Saturday it’s Valentine’s Day again. The best day in the year if you are a florist, I guess. As my wife tends to read the things I write here (I do appreciate your comments and compliments. Opst!) I’m not going into if I got / will get her something for Valentine’s Day, and if so, what. Don’t want to ruin the surprise (if any)… What I will do is start off this week’s Logistics in the News overview with a nice piece on the Logistics involved in this day.

The Logistics of Love
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Ship Freight at Supersonic Speeds with the Hyperloop

by Martijn Graat on February 11, 2015

teleport150Imagine being able to ship freight across the world at supersonic speeds. It would mean a complete new way of looking at logistics and supply chain. The change would be as huge as the impact on transportation of the domestication of the horse, the invention of the automobile and the railways, or for that matter, the invention of the wheel itself. (Did I mention planes and boats?)

Elon Musk released a whitepaper at the end of 2013, in which he describes a new transportation system he calls a Hyperloop. As with all new ideas, there was a lot of criticism. But what is this Hyperloop? [click to continue…]

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Scania Tests Selfdriving Trucks on Dutch Highway

by Martijn Graat on February 10, 2015

optprimeTwo weeks ago I wrote about the Dutch Government wanting Netherlands to be a testing ground for self driving vehicles. Today they have put their money where their mouth is. Minister Schultz, responsible for roads and waterways, rode along with a convoy of three Scania Trucks for a self driving vehicle test.

Three Scania R500 Streamline trucks left the factory in Zwolle and went on a test drive on the nearby A28 highway. The steering was done by truck drivers, but the speed and breaking were managed by the front truck. The plan is to have fully self driving trucks in the future. [click to continue…]

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sidecar-logoLast month I wrote about the Uberization of Logistics; A Crowdsourced Logistics model where (almost) anybody with a decent car can join the ranks of drivers. These types of services have been deployed for transporting People (Uber, Sidecar, Lyft) and transporting Goods / Packages (Postmates, Lalamove, Gogovan). Each has some form of vetting and maybe minimum requirements for type and make of vehicle, but none of the drivers are employees. Uber has already moved in to the logistics arena with the launch of their UberCARGO app.  [click to continue…]

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